Find your local strategy
The 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England were asked to produce strategies for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocated to their areas on how the money should be spent. These informed the Operational Programmes (OPs) for England - the legal documents regulating delivery of activities.
Government guidance on strategies for European investment
The government issued guidance to LEPs on strategic criteria to follow. These included local needs and opportunities, intended outcomes and the rationale for proposed projects. LEPs submitted strategies in October 2013 and January 2014, and they have recently been asked to review and update these by 23 October 2015.
Why are the ESIF strategies important?
The strategies contain useful information, for example on how the LEP will deliver on the Thematic Objectives set by the European Commission, whether they are considering Community-led Local Development, and their approach to social inclusion.
Organisations applying for ESIF should familiarise themselves with their LEP strategy as proposed projects will be required to support their strategic aims.
When organisations submit an application, the LEP Area ESIF Sub-Committees will be asked to respond to each application, providing comment on how it fits with the LEP area's ESIF Strategy.
However, organisations should also check the Operational Programmes (OP) for the funds which are the legal documents agreed by the European Commission.